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2022 Infiniti QX55: First Look

  • All-new for 2022
  • Striking coupe-like exterior profile
  • Emphasis on luxury and technology
  • Coming in spring of 2021

Drawing inspiration from the success of the Infiniti FX from the early 2000s, the 2022 Infiniti QX55 SUV joins a group of 4-door luxury crossover SUVs with racier lines and coupe-like profiles. Designed to appeal to younger, upscale urban singles with sports car dreams and rock-wall lifestyles. Infiniti’s compact 2-row, 5-passenger QX50 served as the foundation for the QX55, but the exterior has been sharpened to an enthusiast edge.

Pricier German SUV-coupes like the BMW X4 and Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe are the main targets for the new QX55. Infiniti promises that luxury and technology will be priorities for its SUV coupe. This promise seems promising, considering that Infiniti released a new generation of its InTouch infotainment system last year, finally updating its previous antiquated setup and adding things like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard equipment.

The official on-sale date for the QX55 is still nearly a year away, in the spring of 2021. Very little official information has been released, and Infiniti is understandably playing its cards pretty close to its vest until we get a lot closer to launch. The carmaker has let a few things out, however, and we’ve drawn some well-educated guesses about the rest.

How Much is the 2022 Infiniti QX55?

We expect the 2022 Infiniti QX55 to start between $45,000 and $50,000 when it launches in the spring of 2021. That calculation is based on the tradition of sporty coupe-looking versions of small luxury SUVs (X4, GLC Coupe) priced fairly well above their “source” vehicles (X3, GLC).

How Big is the 2022 Infiniti QX55?

As the basis for the new QX55, the Infiniti QX50 makes a good choice size-wise, because it is one of the roomiest luxury compact SUVs in the segment. That’s vital because when you shave the exterior lines of an SUV to give it the sleek shape you want, you tend to cut down on the room for rear passengers and cargo. That happened with both the BMW X4 and Mercedes GLC Coupe.

Infiniti press photos pay a lot of attention to the QX55’s rear liftgate and the elegant, gradual slope of the roof and rear window. This does look awesome from the outside, but we can’t help but wonder if it might be creating a bit of a narrow rear-view mail slot for the driver to see through.

What powertrain Options are Available for the Infiniti QX55?

It would make all kinds of sense for the Infiniti QX55 to get the same turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that comes in the Infiniti QX50 to life. That variable-compression powerplant produces a healthy 268 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque, which is more power than the 2.0-liter fours in either the X4 or the GLC Coupe can match. The EPA also gives the Infiniti powerplant the fuel-economy win, by comparison.

As is the case in the QX50, a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) seems most likely. Infiniti has a chance to smooth out the CVT’s drone under hard acceleration as the QX55 gets closer to launch.

Both front-wheel-drive (FWD) and all-wheel-drive (AWD) versions of the QX55 will likely be offered.

What Safety Features are Available for the Infiniti QX55

If the QX50 brother gives us anything to go on, the 2022 Infiniti QX55 will offer the signature safety of ProPilot Assist. This system includes a combination of cameras, radar, lane-keeping assist, and advanced intelligent cruise control to help steer, brake, and accelerate the QX55 automatically. When engaged, all you have to do is keep your hands on the wheel and eyes on the road; the QX55 will do the rest.

Blind-spot monitoring comes standard on every Infiniti QX50 and will more than likely be part of the QX55’s safety setup. Adored by day-to-day drivers, blind-spot monitoring uses rear sensors to alert you to vehicles lurking behind you on the left or right side. This makes lane changing much safer and less stressful.

Should You Consider the 2022 Infiniti QX55?

It seems like the real question might be whether you should consider waiting for it. As happy as we’ll all be to get rid of 2020, spring of 2021 is still a long wait. Everything that we enjoy about the Infiniti QX50 should find its way into the 2022 QX55 SUV coupe and then some. And if saving money means more to you than elite European badging, then you’ll be proud to spot your Infiniti in the lot. Find an Infiniti for sale

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